From: Canberra (Australia)
Update – April ’44.
Winter is almost over. Last 3 turns have been mud. A very mild winter with only one or two blizzards.
German losses are starting to become more meaningful. However, still under control. Soviets are still losing over a thousand tanks a week, but intelligence has come through to indicate that they have over 12,000 held in reserve pools waiting to be used. Reports from Speer indicate that Germany has 12,000 panzers of all varieties in grand total with none in reserve.
Soviets have only advanced in a couple of sectors and only in several hexes there. However, the Soviets did active a Major breakthrough just SW of the Pripet marches sending two Tank armies through the German lines. However, after two turns of counter attacks by the Germans the Soviets were sent packing back to their original lines. There were fortunate the Germans decided to take no risks to throw-back the hordes otherwise they could have lost a full tank army as surrendered.
The USAAF continues its campaign but with little success. Over Germany and Rumania all USSAF attacks over winter have been repulsed. However, numerous attacks over Hungary and Austria have seen large losses to oil and art there. However, Germany is running low on 190A’s as the only efficient defence against the USAAF. With restricted production the 262 will not become the wonder weapon to defend Germany.
Germany has been spreading rumours to Soviet counterpart that a major summer offensive is planned by the Germans. While nothing obvious is happening to the front lines there has been large rail movements of German Panzers in both the northern and southern fronts.
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German Panzer Production has kept up with losses. However, for most of winter I stopped converting older formations to Panthers as I had no growth in the pools. Bulk of tank losses have been Panthers and Tigers and Stug’s as they have made up the bulk of the SS Pz formations at the critical front line areas. This has seen dramatic growth in Pz IV formations to across the board full strength.
The Luftwaffe as grown continuously over winter. Most fighter formations are close to full strength. However, there are shortages of dive bombers. Most Bomber formations are below 50% but those flying Italian aircraft and the new He-177 are approaching 100%.